Did you know that the typical V6 ignition system generates one hundred and fifty sparks per second at three thousand RPM? And that each spark event is precisely timed to within milliseconds? Your vehicles’ ignition system operates using sophisticated computer controls. Sensors provide the engine management computer with crankshaft speed and position. The computer uses this information to accurately trigger the ignition coils.
The Ignition coils generate a high voltage electrical pulse to form the ignition spark. The spark jumps the gap at the spark plugs, igniting the air/fuel mixture within the engine cylinders. Key components of the ignition system include: Crankshaft and Camshaft position sensors, Engine Control Module, Ignition Coils, Knock Sensors and Spark Plugs. Malfunctions can cause drivability concerns including an illuminated or flashing check engine light or even a no start condition. The ignition system contains high voltage electrical energy; avoid touching ignition system components while the engine is running. In this short video you’ll discover how electrical and ignition systems on your vehicle work.
Have you ever wondered what is exactly that categorizes a car has a hybrid? If you’re thinking it’s a car that is both gasoline powered and electric, you’re right, but there’s more to the story; more types and more details. Hybrid cars undoubtedly offer superior fuel economy, but making the switch can be a big decision. Have you wondered if a hybrid is the right choice for you? If so, there are few things you need to know upfront…
You probably take them for granted. You’re constantly checking it to see how fast or slow you’re going. You check it to see how much gasoline you have left, or how far you’ve traveled. It’s your instrument cluster! They range from the clean and simple to astoundingly complex. Ever wonder what all those indicator lights in the instrument cluster mean? What other functions does it perform?